Greetings! How delicious does that calzone look from this post’s featured photo? We hope you’re hungry, because you have 5 first dates to experience! If you are, YEW recommends that nice calzone while OYABUN suggests Jamaican, and Alexandria Maillot walks us through her favourite desserts. All great options. Read below.
Alexandria Maillot – Courtenay, BC
Who are your biggest influences?
Most of my early influences were, like most, a bias of my parents music collection. My dad was a big fan of bands like Meatloaf, Motörhead and The Stampederes, whereas my mom would often play artists like Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder and Etta James. More recently, though, I have found solace within the sounds of Vashti Bunyan, Blossom Dearie, Melody Gardot, Laura Nyro, Zaki Ibrahim and Juana Molina. With that said, I can’t discount the many long road trips from Northern BC (where I was born) to Vancouver Island (where we eventually settled) where I honed my vocal chops listening to the Lion King and Pocahontas soundtracks back when I was still in diapers.
What has been your favourite show you’ve played?
Oh dear… I’ve tread a very eclectic and non-linear path in music, being that I started at such a young age. Maybe, my most surreal experience was performing in a massive theatre in Cairo, Egypt for a televised children’s music festival back in 2005. But, more recently- and to not make it sound as if I peaked when I was 12- I played at the Northern Lights Centre during Iceland Airwaves last November in Reykjavik, where the room was only lit by the backdrop of a giant screen which played these incredible time lapses of the Northern Lights. I sat on the ground in front of it and performed unplugged to a room full of attentive listeners. It was pretty cool.
What is the best thing about your city?
Since I just moved back to Vancouver Island from Vancouver, I’ve been slowly finding my bearings around the Comox Valley. Maybe my favourite thing about Courtenay so far is that it has the best bubble tea I’ve ever had from a little tea store on 5th street called the Tea Centre (they even let me bring my Mason jar and glass straw in to make it extra guilt-free). Oh, and it also has a really great music scene, maybe I should mention that too. That is important.
If you could only eat one dessert for the rest of your life, what would it be?
My initial reaction was to say something simple like chocolate mousse, but I just do not think I can commit to that forever. I’m a big fan of pineapple upside down cake, but I haven’t really had pineapple more than two days in a row. Peach cobbler is always a fun treat, but for 365 days? Who can say? I’m questioning everything now.
Anything exciting coming up on 2018?
Besides a new album, not really.
Marcus Alan Ward – Cleveland, OH
What was the first album you purchased?
I can’t quite remember the first album I purchased on my own, but the first memory I have of listening to an album was my dad gifting me a CD copy of Led Zeppelin 1. I was around 12 I think. Great experience.
Describe your creative process.
My creative process varies from project to project and track to track. Currently I’m only working with hardware and analog synths (no computer sounds) on the new record and I like the real time, you-get-what-you-get type of quality. As hardware ages, no one synth sounds the same, and that can be great for unique elements in the music that can’t be recreated.
What are you listening to lately?
Lately I’ve been digging into Todd Terje – It’s Album Time, Caribou – Swim, Air – Moon Safari, Jay Z – 4:44, and Washed Out – Mister Mellow
What are your 3 favourite beverages?
Orange juice (with pulp), Water, and Titos + Soda.
What are you most excited for in 2018?
I’m excited to release new music starting in April, my upcoming tour, and Canadian Music Week of course!
OYABUN – Brooklyn, NY
Who are your biggest influences?
Jay-Z was my biggest influence, being from Brooklyn, him and Biggie were our idols.
What is your favourite thing about your city?
The culture, there are so many different types of people here you always have an opportunity to learn another culture and a new way of living.
Are there any artists you think we should be paying more attention to?
NYC artist for sure, we’re a neighbouring city and share so much culture with Canada.
Where are some of your favourite places to eat?
Anything exciting coming up in 2018?
I’m releasing videos and music every month, stay tuned!
The Ocean Cure – Toronto, ON
In Belgium there is also a lot of really good bands like Balthazar, Warhaus, J. Bernardt, Absynthe Minded, etc.
At the beginning of the band we were 5 members and that was only instrumental music, no voice but a lot of raw energy with violin and electric guitars.
In 2013, that changed with the arrival of Jérôme who became our lead singer. We made an album called “The Fall” and Mathieu came also in the band with the Irish bouzouki and the mandolin which give an unique sound to the band.
We are now 7 members and we propose a folk rock music with a lot of different influences.